Aileen Cassinetto is the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California. Widely anthologized, she is also the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Asahi Shimbun, The Banyan Review, Moss Trill, The Nonconformist Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Vox Populi, among others. A community advocate, she is featured in “COVID Heroes,” photographic weavings by Taiji Terasaki as an extension of the artist’s existing collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Aileen has been interviewed in NBC Bay Area’s Asian Pacific America, PenTV, The Six Fifty, Your Artsy Girl, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Cagibi, The Nonconformist Magazine, and Half Moon Bay Review. She was a guest speaker at Skyline College during Women’s History Month and National Poetry Month, and at the College of San Mateo during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. She is the curator of “POWER TO THE POETS,” a reading series on poetry, solidarity and social justice, and the 2020 PENINSULA (VIRTUAL) BOOKFEST. Aileen is the publisher of Paloma Press, an independent press publishing poetry & prose, established in 2016.

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